Bega’s Jade Allen and Wolumla’s Janet King faced up against some of the best female cricketers in the state when they represented ACT Southern under 18s at the NSW Women’s Country Championships in Newcastle last week.
Despite their best efforts, the team was outclassed in its four matches.
Allen had more luck in the under 15s, where she won two matches alongside Eden’s Jessie Mudaliar and Jemma Pollock.
Allen’s performance earned her selection for the NSW under 15 metro side to take part in the Cricket Australia National Championships in Adelaide.
Far South Coast Cricket Association spokesperson Dave Allen said both ACT Southern teams were placed in difficult pools.
“Traditionally the under 18s merge with Illawarra, but this year they went with a stand-alone team,” he said.
“There were a few games there where they were outclassed, it was a good experience for them.
“They were playing against girls who are either playing for NSW or on the cusp of playing, so it’s a very high standard.”
The under 15s defeated Illawarra by nine wickets in the first of four Twenty20 matches.
Mudaliar (2/3) and Allen (2/14) starred with the ball, while Pollock sustained a shoulder injury that restricted her to wicketkeeping duties for the remainder of the two-day tournament.
The team could not back up its solid performance in the second round against the New Coasters.
Allen nabbed the sole wicket as the opposition piled on 116 runs before pipping ACT Southern by eight runs in a close affair.
The team lost another encounter to Western by 21 runs, but managed to knock off Riverina by nine wickets in its final match, with Mudaliar claiming 2/6 off three overs.
Mudaliar’s strong tournament saw her finish among the top wicket-takers in her grade, but that wasn’t enough to land a selection NSW Country side.
Eden Cricket Club’s Drew Mudaliar said while his daughter was disappointed on missing out on selection, she was happy with her overall performance.
Allen will head to Brisbane next week to train at the National Cricket Centre.